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It's Official: East Haven Hobby Lobby Store to Open Soon

The arts, crafts and home supplies superstore chain has submitted to the town its site plans for a new store along Frontage Road — the first for the company in Connecticut.

After , Hobby Lobby — an arts, crafts and home supplies superstore chain — will be opening a new store later this year in the former HomeGoods location along Frontage Road.

The Oklahoma City-based company has just submitted plans to ready the space for their new store, Art DeSorbo, the town's economic development coordinator, told East Haven Patch this afternoon.

The site plan submission to the town's Building Department follows the in May to rent out the now-vacant retail storefront space in the TJ Max Shopping Center.

Over the last few months, the arts and crafts superstore chain with C. A. White, the New Haven-based company that manages the Frontage Road plaza, about moving into the there.

In May, Vince Parker, a spokesman for Hobby Lobby, confirmed for East Haven Patch that the Oklahoma City-based firm is "looking in the East Haven area" to open a new store.

Although the company has more than 500 stores in 41 states, East Haven will be its first spot in Connecticut.

East Haven Patch will have additional updates about the new store and the company's plans for the space in an upcoming report.

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Anthony M August 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Where are all the Mayor haters now? Must be trying to get the taste of your own feet out of your mouths
Sam Giglio August 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Anthony get your mind working this has nothing to do with who the Mayor of the Town is. This Store will be great for all of us, We need things like this
Lise Cavallaro August 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Great news for EH. Hopefully they will hire some EH residents as well. Next - something good in Foxon PLEASE!
CAjones August 08, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Sam is right Anthony, the Mayors office, especially the economic development person is very busy developing this years "RESTAURANT WEEK". Having taken the lead from the Capone Administration and paying homage to their one shining achievement in the economic arena.
Patrick Madley August 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Great news! So happy to hear it! Now, to reiterate Lise, let's do something for Foxon!
Anthony M August 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
You both completely missed the point and stories on this store. Research back on hobby lobby and look at the negative comments about the Mayor. What im getting at is where are all those people now? Where are the apologies. When something good happens they are no where to be found. I also never said that this wasn't a good thing for the town. Not sure where you guys got that from. A full store front is always better.
CAjones August 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Anthony, I got your meaning completely. I was being sarcastic when I said that. When the last administration was in they did nothing for economic development except "restaurant week"...... Now that someone in the Mayors office is actively seeking to fill vacancies and helping to create a business friendly environment, the "naysayers" will tell you it has nothing to do with the mayors office.... But if they were in office, they'd be taunting "their" victory. (get it?).
Bob Fawkes August 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Anthony, you sound like a kvetching hen. Grow up. The storefront is still empty as of this morning with a big "For Lease" sign on it. Likewise, I haven't heard anything about this Shop Rite that was supposed to come to Foxon. Before we go kissing Maturo's and DeSorbo's pinky rings, let's wait until Hobby Lobby actually opens up, and hires some East Haven people. Then and there, we can sit down and take a tally (a la McCann's photo essay) and do a "Plus" and "Minus", and we'll see where we really stand with "new businesses" and "job creation" in East Haven. I'll be the first one then to give kudos, if and when kudos are due......
Sam Giglio August 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
First let me make it clear I can not be more pleased for all of us in East Haven to be getting Hobby Lobby. As an artist i donot need to leave Town to get my supplies.. With that being said a few on here think it was Mayor Joe Maturo who got them to locate in East Haven. Lets be real do you think the Mayor and Art DeSorbo got together one morning and said i have an idea lets make a call to Okalhoma City and ask the folks in that Company if they would like to locate in East Haven CT? This was an on going search by that Company to locate in Connecticut, so we should be happy they picked East Haven, Home Goods left, The store was there and the owner of that property made the deal. I dont care who the Mayor is, this only gets done when all the pieces fit. We need more pieces to fit along Rt 80 and on and on. So please lets not get carried away on who got us this Store.
ASmith August 11, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Mr. Sam the points are well said. With these here commercial landlords, they have their own real estate folks and tenant seekers out there making the contacts and scouting out prospects. This change more en likely has come from the slight turn round in the commercial real estate market. It has been a pickin up a bit as compared to home sales market. Those are jes inchin along. Think the increase in Obamers approval ratin is a tellin. Folks are fellin a little better. Spendin more. When they do that retail increases, stores look for new locations to expand. Now don't know if this here Hobby Place was offered any tax incentives for a comin in. Other businesses were brought in that way. They would pay personal property tax. This plaza is owned by Schaffer, big landlord. They gots the resources to find a tenant. Folks that really need help are the smaller commercial sites. They don't have the same money and resources to scout new tenants. Like to see a list of all the empty storefronts, not jes the big box, but the smaller ones. We have more of them in this burg. Like to see a plan on how they can be helped. We fill them up and the town will be doin better. Really would like to see a nice cubano restaurant come to town. Tired of pizza and chinese.
ASmith August 11, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Speakin of Obamer. Looks as though he jes might pull off another 4 years. Romney is shootin hisself in the foot, jes like all the reps always do. Not happy bout it either. Somebody get that byseewitch off tv too. Tired of seein her and tired of seein that ole wrestlin lady. the craziness will be gettin real hot in another two weeks. any folks know how the fezano and that other guys race is a goin? and is there anybody runnin gainst the albis kid? local races are like snoozin on a summer hammock. we all jes fallin asleep in this here burg.
Nonna Mouse August 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Just like Chik-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby actively supports hate groups that masquerade as religious organizations. Thanks, but no thanks - I'll be taking my business elsewhere.
Shelley August 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I love Hobby Lobby. We had them in Michigan! I am very excited...I won't have to go to Crummy Michael's in Milford or North Haven or Joann's in Milford! This is a great addition to E. Haven!!!
Shelley August 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I agree Patrick! There is a BIG empty store there. Would love to see a Shop Rite there!
Donna October 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I just hope they will have the supplies I need to be able to support local biz... I'm an artist too and AC Moore and Michaels have reduced themselves to just carrying the bare minimum and not enough for serious artists. We need a SERIOUS artist supply store just like we need a good old fashioned REAL camera shop like Milford Photo. Sad thing even with a new store front, you do realize all these jobs will be minimum wagers, right? We need manufacturing industry that pays a good day's pay so people can be comfortable.

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